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26/3/2012 - Funding boost for youth projects

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Youth-related projects across Copeland are being boosted by a cash injection of more than £25,000 from Cumbria County Council.

The funding awards from Copeland Local Committee 0-19 budget include:

* £3,000 to Whitehaven Amateur Football Club towards the purchase of a portacabin and football equipment for their junior section.
* £1,000 to Waberthwaite PTA towards developing an outdoor sensory classroom.
* £450 to Moreseby School fundraising group to support local young people’s participation in the Rock Challenge competition.
* £385 to Cumbria Sports Academy to purchase Nordic walking poles for the benefit of young people from Mayfield School.
* £3,000 to Whitehaven Judo Club towards providing judo training across Copeland.
* £3,000 to Safety Net towards a counselling service to support young people in Copeland.
* £1,000 to North Copeland Youth Partnership for the rental of Children’s entertainment equipment for the annual Parton fun day.
* £2,000 to Egremont Cricket Club towards a project to increase participation of cricket among women and girls in Copeland.
* £4,000 to the independent Community Autism Activity Network towards a programme of summer activities for children with autism.
* £2,500 to Copeland Rugby League Community Foundation towards three festivals to teach basic rugby skills and promote healthy lifestyle messages to young people.
* £2,000 to Beckermet Village Association towards improvements to the play park.
* £860 to the Phoenix Youth Project to fund the purchase of equipment for the youth centre at Moor Row.
* £1,500 to St Bees pre-school towards equipment and improvements to the play area.
* £100 to Alice Rea towards a voluntary work trip to Morroco through Girl Guiding North West England.

Cllr Frank Morgan, Chairman of Copeland Local Committee, said:

"These are excellent Copeland-based projects that will cater for the interests and activities of a variety of children and teenagers.

“We’re very pleased to be able to provide this money – it’s going to make a big difference to young people in our area.”

Additional funding awarded by the local committee general provisions budget include:

* £500 to the Herlid Viking Re-enactment Group towards living history equipment.
* £2,404 to Whitehaven playground association towards the staging of “At the Playground” music festival.
* £500 to Fit4Life towards running pulmonary rehabilitation classes which will be available to anyone with a chronic disease or condition.

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